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The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Erdinekapı district of...more
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If you are a Mosaic admirer, Kariye Museum or The Chora Church is the place for you. It displays one of the best mosaic works. The place is far from the downtown but its worth visiting. It is also part of the Istanbul Pass.
Visited Chora Museum . Entry ticket was 45TL per person which seemed excessive as there are only 3 rooms to see. The entire exterior was covered, so nothing to see. We were done in less than 15 minutes. Not really worth the travel ( we...More
We took a taxi there from Sultanahmet area.The fare was just about 25TL. Sadly, it was heavily covered inside and outside for restoration works, hence we were not able to see much. Accept for the age and some historial significance, the church/museum has not much...More
Would not recommend off season. I understand that it's necessary to restore the church and it's wise to do when there's less traffic but covering the entire thing with plastic and still charging 45TL is absurd (for comparison, the Dolmabache palace was 60TL and it...More
Byzantine mosiacs of unparalleled quality in the Chora Church.
Somewhat off the beaten track, but worth seeking out (and the streets around it).
The Museum pass is valid, but, unfortunately, due to renovations, only a small part of the church was accessible. Nevertheless, the mosaics...More
The Kariye Museum is a museum worth visiting with its magnificent frescoes preserved intact until today. After visiting the museum, you should see the narrow streets around it, most of them 2-3 storeyed old İstanbul houses and go down to the Golden Horn. Fener, Haliç...More
I visited the Chora Church the third week of january 2019 and it was without a doubt an unforgettable experience. This church contains the most complete existing collection of Byzantine Mosaics found under one roof anywhere in Istanbul. Hardly anyone there during my visit; I...More
is this an absolute must see? Of course. But: they had run out of maps of the audio stations and this was really bad because some of the audio station numbers were not findable, the staff was useless in helping, it was maddening and very...More
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
Response from adtraveller2016 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure individually , but there is a museum pass which is better value if you are going to other sites, eg Ag Sofia- and it also helps jump the long queues. check re the building and restoration work though as lot... More
I am not sure individually , but there is a museum pass which is better value if you are going to other sites, eg Ag Sofia- and it also helps jump the long queues. check re the building and restoration work though as lot was closed off earler this year
Response from FatihMehmetCelebi | Reviewed this property |
According to the website (In Turkish) the museum is open everyday.
Winter from 09:00 - 16:30
Summer from 09:00 - 19:00
The price is 15 TL (4.90 EUR).
Enjoy, you will love it! Hope the renovations are done though.